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A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts [Hardcover]

Andrew Chaikin
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30 Jun 1994
From flamboyant prankster Pete Conrad to scientist Jack Schmitt, who had to prove he was made of the "right stuff" to go to the moon, memorable characters abound in this brilliant chronicle of the Apollo missions. Chaikin makes technological details accessible to the lay person and gives each aspect of a moon voyage a minute-by-minute breathlessness. 16 photos.

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  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Viking; Open market ed edition (30 Jun 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670814466
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670814466
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.2 x 5.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 206,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'An extraordinary book ... Space, with its limitless boundaries, has the power to inspire, to change lives, to make the impossible happen. Chaikin's superb book demonstrates how' Sunday Times 'A superb account ... Apollo may be the only achievement by which our age is remembered a thousand years from now' - Arthur C. Clarke --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Born in 1956, Andrew Chaikin grew up in Great Neck, New York, with a fascination for the heavens and space exploration. While studying geology at Brown University he participated in the Viking mission to Mars at the N A S A/Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He has worked as a researcher, editor, writer, commentator and television consultant. A Man on the Moon is the result of eight years' research and writing, including interviews with each of the twenty-three surviving Apollo voyagers. Chaikin lives in Arlington, Massachusetts. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Emanon
A great big brick of a book telling the story of America's quest to put a man on the moon in nearly 600 pages could seem quite intimidating, but it is a great read and never gets dull or outstays its welcome. The style is very free-flowing and takes you through the Apollo programme mission-by-mission introducing the main players and the main achievements and disappointments as you go along and you are left with a really excellent feeling of how the whole amazing enterprise was put together and executed by a group of brave and clever people whose contribution to the expansion of human knowledge and the development of modern technologies is sometimes rather overlooked nowadays.

Technically, of course, it is three books in one as that is how the text is split up. Book one takes us through from the dreadful catastrophe of Apollo 1 through the various steps along the way towards the soaring success of Apollo 11 and the quite amazing technological leaps that had to be made to make that possible. Book two takes us through the middle "consolidation" period of lunar exploration with Apollo Missions 12-14 and includes dramatic descriptions of the ill-fated Apollo 13 which many people now regard as NASA's "most shining moment". Book three covers the astonishing successes of the last three moon landings, Apollo Missions 15-17, building on what had been achieved before and slowly uncovering more and more about the fascinating geology of the moon and leaving you with a slight sense of loss that the programme was not allowed to continue - not least when you discover what the Moon could still offer us in terms of solutions to our energy crisis for example - if only we'd been brave enough to stretch our minds to the possibilities on offer to us.
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For the twentieth anniversary of Apollo 11 there was a lovely bunch of excellent Apollo histories. For the 25th anniversary there was little beyond this one. The reason was clear - this book wipes the floor with all the others. It is written in a beautiful style, rushes the reader along with panache and never lets up.

But just being a good read wouldn't be enough for all those space geeks like me who lap this sort of stuff up. It is replete with technical details explained in such a way that you would barely know if there has been a technical factlet just gone by. And the author did such wonderful research that there is enough new anecdote to keep even the jaded Apollo fan going. If you buy only one general Apollo hstory, buy this one.

And definitely buy it in the three volume illustrated version. This has Chaikin's original text with a slew of fantastic photos beautifully reproduced. Expensive, perhaps, so do what I did and get your wife/husband/partner/etc to get it for you as a present. You will love them forever.
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If you're at all interested in the Apollo missions to the moon, you will thoroughly enjoy "A Man on the Moon". It is a very well researched account of each astronaut's personal experiences, most notably including a refreshing view of Apollo 11 and the dramatic Apollo 13, without the overly technical details that some similar works have. The photos help the reader to visualise the Apollo experience. I was genuinely upset when I finished reading this book, as it was absolutely fascinating!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive and Informative 4 Jan 2001
By A Customer
The first book I have read in ages that I simply couldn't put down! The amount of effort put in by the author to accumulate information for this book is evident as the Apollo missions are explained one by one from the tragedy of Apollo 1 through to Apollo 17. This is a must for anyone interested in space exploration.
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A Man on the Moon (The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts) Andrew Chaikin.

Critically acclaimed book by renowned Aerospace author and scientist Andrew Chaikin. I read the previous edition of this book a few years ago and it's great!

Reading somewhere between history, biography, popular science and a thriller this is a well respected, bestselling book on the Apollo space program with a few photos in the middle.

Definitely 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Man On The Moon 5 Dec 2001
By A Customer
An excellent book that provides what must be one of the most extensive insights into the Apollo moon missions that exists in any format. Excellent photographs, commentary and interviews with those that were actually there. A book that you will keep for in your collection for life
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book 28 Feb 2014
By Gazc
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A great overview and accompanying detail of Apollo from its origins all the way thorough to its conclusions. Great balance of human stories (management, techies and astronauts) and technical and geological achievements and discoveries.
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By zoegal
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It has taken a few attempts to get into the book - there is alot of details about each astronaut and the mission details to take on board, mainly trying to fully grasp the story in order. I however have trouble remembering details so perhaps this is easier for others. However it is great to read the details about the space missions once they are set in space from the astronauts perspective, i have got about 100 pages in so far and enjoying learning about them.
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It is a really good book, I gave it to a friend and they absolutely love it! Brilliant book :)
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Lots of little known history and detail with plenty of amusing anecdotes from the astronauts and staff. Sheds a more human light on the programme.
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A voluminous (600 pages) book about the Apollo program, which I absolutely enjoyed. The first 80 pages were a bit bland, but from Bormans Apollo 8 flight around the moon, there is... Read more
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